The “American Test”

October 27, 2004

My friend Rich sent me the following insightful e-mail on this bogus missing ammo story that I wanted to share:


Perhaps Kerry’s own logic should be thrown in his face. Kerry’s charge that President Bush, and by inference the American military, was guilty of dereliction of duty in wartime by failing to protect a massive- almost unimaginable – cache of explosives must be substantiated. He must now drop the rhetoric and lay down the facts.

Kerry has postulated that when there is a matter of immense importance to this country, a test of legitimacy must be passed:

“No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.

“But if and when you do it, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people, understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing, and you can prove it to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.”

This logic must be applied to Kerry’s now demonstrably specious charges against the President and our military. John Kerry, by hysterically charging the President and military are guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty, must pass what I think can be fairly characterized as an American test. Kerry must now prove his case. Now that The New York Times and CBS’ hollow story has come crashing down, Kerry must put Humpty Dumpty together again. It isn’t The Times and CBS story anymore. Kerry has stated he knows the facts. Well, let’s see them. Time to put up or shut up. That’s the American way.

We must understand fully why Kerry is sticking with a discredited story and he must prove it to the satisfaction of the country since he continues to make false charges. If Kerry does not have legitimate reasons for this apparently grossly irresponsible behavior, then he has failed the American test. Grades will be passed out on Tuesday.

Glad to see your blog up and running. I have no idea how you have time to keep up…